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Conn-Selmer Reviews

Updated September 3, 2014
Updated September 3, 2014
13 Reviews
2.0
13 Reviews
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  1.  

    So much potential missed.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Conn-Selmer full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Music Industry, great employees, great customers, great brands and products that positively impact childern's learning and development experience.

    Cons

    "Small" industry, very limited manufacturing in USA left, ledership focused primarily on cost reductions to sell products at lower price. Lack of disciplined use of Strategic Plan to make day-to-day decisions; too many "start and not finished" initiatives.... confused this lack of focus with "poor execution by employees" and consequently high employee turn-over result.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Re-engineer sales and marketing processes; sell brand value, not only low price.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Read these Glassdoor Reviews CAREFULLY!!!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Conn-Selmer full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The first week of work everyone appears nice. Then you realize what a huge mistake you've made with the executives and education team in the office.

    Cons

    The people. From the executives to the educational team and most of HR this is the worst assembly of people morals and work ethics anywhere. There is no growth available. There are a lot of people moved around to jobs they are not qualified to do or have the ability to learn. Their new ideas have no thinking behind them and the potential for these great brands is dying every day in their control.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire them all and start over maybe then the business would not lose money every year to Yamaha and Jupiter.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Take The Other Offer

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Conn-Selmer full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Most of the people working in the education or marketing areas do not have a good idea of what to do, lots of room for you to outshine their ignorance.

    Cons

    The president and human resources. Salary increases are not done by merit but if you have slept with the president.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire them all.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    What a Relief to NOT be there!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous

    I worked at Conn-Selmer full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    No direction to do your job. Best part was leaving the daily insanity in the head office and working for a better place with professional executives.

    Cons

    The executives and department of education are the worst set of people to work with. Most of the revenue lost each year is from the personal deals they make with customers. NO standards of ethics in this place. If you have another job offer - take that one.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Replace them all.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Not the Company it was 15 years ago.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Education  in  Elkhart, IN
    Current Employee - Education in Elkhart, IN

    I have been working at Conn-Selmer full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Executives have no clue what you are working on. You can do what you want and get paid.

    Cons

    No development or growth in this company, they do not have an interest in your work. The culture is desperate because of the leader and leadership. Employees work wishing they would be fired because the executives do not have a single strategy. The company has lost $111 million in revenue with the current leader. The executives are the reason they are all on their second marriage, they have no personal values. The only news remembered about this company and its leader is the inhumane Strike.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    John Paulson should fire all of them and hire someone with a strategy.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Where to kill your career

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Chief Executive Officer Secretary  in  Elkhart, IN
    Current Employee - Chief Executive Officer Secretary in Elkhart, IN

    I have been working at Conn-Selmer full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Some of the people have a decent business idea, but they are not in a position for it to do any good or get fired.

    Cons

    The executives. They are financially, personally, and business amoral. They have run the business to HALF its revenue in a decade and WILL destroy the rest with their poor actions. Employees are in fear of the executives. Profits are used for themselves and not reinvesting in the business or the dirty broken buildings.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Even Gordon Ramsay could not fix these executives. HE would give up and fire them all.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Conn-Selmer A Place of Despair

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - District Manager  in  Elkhart, IN
    Current Employee - District Manager in Elkhart, IN

    I have been working at Conn-Selmer full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    There are good brand name instruments in this company.

    Cons

    The office culture is desperate mainly because of the leadership. There is no growth or development in this company. The employees work in fear of management and wishing they would be fired because they are not capable of a single good strategy. They company has LOST 50% (millions) in revenue in the past decade. There is a reason the only news remembered about this company and its leader is the strike.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Unique

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Conn-Selmer

    Pros

    It is an extremely interesting place to work

    Cons

    Change happens very slowly here.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    If you enjoy lean manufacturing this is the place to work!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Elkhart, IN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Elkhart, IN

    I worked at Conn-Selmer full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    good benefits, insurance, clean, close parking

    Cons

    either on your feet all day lifting and carrying heavy trays or sitting all day. Not allowed to get your cold drink from the break room unless it is break time. Only one break. No value given to employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Care. Show you appreciate employees by giving out Christmas bonus of some kind again. Honor employees for placing high values on family. Allow employees to be attentive to child care issues and spouse health issues without punishing them with points. Keep those who work hard and have great attendance records and sift out those who don't work well and have poor attendance records. Let it be a place where your employees enjoy coming in to work feeling they have value in your company. Don't patronize them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Proud American Manufacturer focused on its own profits.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - District Manager
    Current Employee - District Manager

    I have been working at Conn-Selmer full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Market leader in certain categories, fantastic brand heritage, many options for customers to choose from, positive growth in quality over the past 5 + years.

    Cons

    Little concern for heritage or history of the brands, not customer focused, slow to react to changing market, dictates how the customer does business.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    As much as profits are important to long-term viability as a company, being a true partner with the customer will provide more loyalty on all parts of the business.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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